Bill Dryden

 

Dundee Rugby would like to express our gratitude and thanks to our late President Bill Dryden for the generous bequest he left to the club from his estate.

These are challenging times for us all but Bill’s generosity will help enormously to sustain the club as we move forward through this pandemic.

As club President in the 70’s and always an unwavering supporter , his generous bequest is typical of the man and his affection for the club.

On behalf of the whole club I would extend both my thanks and sympathy to Bill’s family in these difficult times.

Derek Black ( President)

Clubby Off due to Weather Concerns

Mayfield Clubhouse Opening

 

The clubhouse will not open this Saturday afternoon as we’re currently restricted to selling alcohol outside on the patio area and the weather forecast is not favourable. We will review the situation and the latest update to the Scottish Government Covid-19 Guidelines due next week before we decide what to do in November.

 

We’ll continue to keep everyone updated with what’s happening, in the meantime Keep Safe…

Get a Dundee HSFP Snood

 

Get your own crown face covering this winter. A snood that can also cover your napper if you are follically challenged or to tie your hair up. Let us know what your favourite design is and we will go with the majority.

If you want one of these collector’s edition Heh’ School kit, slide into our DM’s or contact your favourite club alickadoo.

Retailing at the low, low price of £10, we know you can get them cheaper but come on there is a wee margin in their for the club (everyone likes that!).

Neil Fenwick  

Neil Fenwick

 The club was very sorry to learn of the passing of Neil Fenwick earlier this week. Neil served as Vice President of the club for two years from 2006 to 2008 and was a valued member of the committee for many years before that, his contribution on matters of finance being particularly welcome.

Neil attended Morgan Academy and went on to practise as a Chartered Accountant in Dundee for all his working life.

He lived life to the full (one former President commented that ‘he left nothing out on the pitch!’) and all those who were in his company for any length of time will agree that he was fun to be around. During Neil’s time as the ‘Lunch Club’ supremo (always with a clip-board and smartly, if sometimes eccentrically, dressed) he played a crucial role in maintaining the quality of these events and expanding the range of clientele.

Neil and the Collegians

As well as being a stalwart supporter of Dundee High Rugby, Neil was a founder member of the Dundee Collegians RFC (membership limited to 14) which, despite being in existence for over 25 years has yet to lose (or indeed play) a match. His fellow Collegians will miss him greatly, as will we all.

We extend our sincere condolences to Neil’s wife Marjory, to their children Paul and Louise and to all in the family.

 

 

(A fuller appreciation, with some personal memories, will appear at a later date.)

Mayfield Clubhouse Opening 3rd Oct 20

Mayfield Clubhouse Opening

 

The clubhouse will continue to open on Saturday afternoons in accordance with the latest Scottish Government Covid-19 Guidelines. Currently we’ll open from 4pm – 7pm for the next few weeks but this may change depending on any impact from training or the beginning of inter-club matches.

 

Unless for a specific situation where numbers are expected to be high, from now on we won’t use the Eventbrite booking system as we can accommodate the smaller numbers by simply registering them on arrival.

 

This can be done by everyone using their mobile and the unique QR code displayed at the entrance and elsewhere in the bar. You just need to enter your name, email and phone   number the first time you use the system and we’ll have all the details we need to comply with the rules. Anyone who doesn’t have a mobile can fill in the form by hand.

 

 

Scottish Government Covid-19 Guidelines

 

It is essential that the club operate the clubhouse in a responsible and safe way and in accordance with current Scottish Government advice and policy. This notice will provide practical advice and guidance to members with a view to ensuring the safety of all members and staff. Please read it carefully.

 

Social Distancing – the current government guidelines allow members to meet (indoors & outdoors):

 

Up to Two Households with max of 6 people plus children U12.

 

The tables inside the clubhouse have been set up for 2 people to sit together and placed 1 or 2 metres apart to ensure social distancing between groups. The longer white tables outside are also for 2 people to sit together at each end with a gap in between i.e. 4 in total per white table.

 

Provided they are from the same households’ additional people can sit at the same table up to a max of 6. Please don’t move any tables/chairs without staff approval and maintain distancing at all times.

 

Other Guidelines

 

  • Please use the hand sanitisers available when entering and leaving the clubhouse and toilets.
  • Face coverings are mandatory when entering and moving about the clubhouse. They are not required while seated.
  • On entering please take a seat where a member of committee or the staff will help you and provide table service. They will also take names and contact details of everyone coming in.
  • Members must not approach the bar for service at any time.
  • Payment is by contactless credit card only.
  • Please avoid any groups congregating, especially at bottleneck points i.e. toilet facilities and main entrance.
  • Numbers are strictly limited by the space available to the number of tables and seats. Currently we are set up to seat a max of 36 inside and 22 outside.
  • Opening times are currently restricted to Saturdays from 4 – 7pm.

 

 

Bill Dryden

 

The club is very sorry to learn of the passing of former President Bill Dryden. A larger than life character, who first played for the club in 1947, Bill was an outstanding member and lifelong supporter of the club, and his cheery disposition and steadfast encouragement will be sadly missed. Always supportive, never critical, Bill followed the club through thick and thin, and with a great sense of humour, was always ready with a quick quip or captivating reminiscence about days gone by.

Bill was President of the Club during the mid 1970s, an exciting time when the SRU introduced rugby leagues into Scotland, leading the way in world rugby in so doing, with our own club back then being placed in Division 4. This was also the time when which we moved from Monymusk to our current home at Mayfield, a move with which Bill helped greatly. As President, he also enjoyed the club’s first ever win in the Midlands Knock Out Cup, with a hard-fought victory over Harris in the 1975 final.

We extend our sympathies to Bill’s wife Inez and his family

September Update

News Letter

Senior Men’s Rugby

We are happy to say that we have had over 50 players training regularly in anticipation of the new season.

With a new coaching team of Alan Brown and Andrew Hamilton, we are excited that Ian Robertson is staying on for another year and club legend Dougie Gray has come into the coaching set up.

 

We have a whole host of new players joining this year and the squad looks stronger than ever, for details on who has signed up, why not have a look on our facebook page.

 

Plenty of players are available to be sponsored, so if you would like to support a player please contact us and we will be happy to give you all the information you need.

 

We also now have our fixtures, so we hope you will be allowed to join us at Mayfield & Alloway Place soon.

 

Senior Women

Dundee women are developing their squad going from strength to strength having started with a handful of key players now regularly attracting around 20 girls a session. This season the ladies have been placed in the league and now have a full list of fixtures, which is very exciting. They have recruited many new players over the lockdown months with a mixture of newbies and experience coming in. Continuing their roles from last year, Gary Mathieson remains head coach with Grant Thomson continuing as backs coach. An addition to the coaching team brings in Julian D’aeth to bring the forwards together. They now train twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

 

Dundee Rugby – S1-S6

 

All Dundee Rugby Juniors boys and girls have been back at training at Alloway Place and are eagerly anticipating the SRU announcement of what games will be played this season.

 

We have strength and depth in all single age group teams and we are proud to have Girls teams at U18 and U16 this year.

 

In the past two years the Boys U18 team have produced Senior rugby players: James Shellard, Owen Foster, Ryan Docherty, Matt Clarke, Aron Guild, Angus Brown, Ross Stevenson, Aiden Speedy, Luke Olivier, Ben Fleming. Some are now off to University, but, this year will see Moby Ogunlaja come of age and we have a full U18 squad again this year with more lads turning 17 and 18 throughout the year.

This is the sort of progression we love to see!

 

Dundee Eagles L1-L7-

Eagles Soared again this season for the first time on Sunday 23rd  August 2020 and we had over 100 kids down at Mayfield, including several L1s down for their first session. All Parents and Kids were brilliant at following Covid Protocols and we are delighted they are back!

 

Club Merger

 

As you know we are looking to merge Morgan and DHSFP together as one club for Season 21/22. A lot of work is going on in the background at the moment to make this a reality. We want to ensure that all of our respective membership is fully aware of what is happening and if you want any info please contact either committee.

One exciting development is members from each facit of the club are meeting to discuss the rebranding. Information on this process will be communicated from representatives from each section of the club and we can’t wait to share our ideas.

 

Departing Committee Members

We would like to express our gratitude to all of the departing committee members which include Gerry Tosh, Ken Andrew, Robin Lunn etc. We are looking to mark their contribution with a fitting tribute and night of celebration. With the current restrictions this hasn’t been possible on the scale we would want, but we are looking to hold an suitable event in the near future. So look out for a day in the diary.

2nd XV Coached Required

Dundee/Morgan partnership are seeking applications for the 2nd XV (Dundee Morgan) Head Coach.  This is a voluntary post and is an ideal opportunity for an aspiring coach to join a dynamic  team at the club.  Previous coaching experience would be preferred, however this is an opportunity to learn and develop as a coach as well.

The 2nd XV are a key part of the clubs development, and the new coach will be supported by a manager and an assistant coach, and  have the freedom to shape the environment within that group.

Please apply to Colin Sangster, Director of Rugby at rugbydundee727@gmail.com.

 

Gerry is an Ambassador………..

SRU U20’s Ambassador role.  An interview with Neil Dymock

The Rugby Club is proud to note that Dundee ex Pres Gerry Tosh has been elected to the Scottish Rugby Council as a member representing National 1 league.

ND:What was he looking forward to achieving in his new role?

GT:, “Scottish Rugby and grassroot sport in particular must be promoted more widely in the community and anything I can do to foster that ambition on a national scale will be rewarding.”

ND: How are things at BT Murrayfield?

GT: “there is a lot of great work going on at HQ and there are some excellent staff all working towards supporting grass root rugby.  The commercial side of the business is also progressing well attracting sponsorship and new TV money.”

ND: Covid 19 effectively closed down Rugby how are the plans shaping up regarding the return to play protocols?

GT: “there is a huge effort from BTM and almost daily meetings of the Threat Management Group (TMG) and they are working their way through the minutia of rules and communicating effectively with the Clubs on a weekly basis. It’s a great sight and you have implemented this really well at Mayfield in your role as the Club Covid 19 officer.”

ND: I hear you have been appointed as Ambassador to the Scotland U20 side.  What’s that all about and what are you looking forward to?

GT:“Well it’s a huge honour and I am delighted with the responsibility which is not that onerous.  It is largely a diplomatic role and I cant think of anyone more suited to diplomacy than me!”  “The answer to your other question is a large Gin and Tonic. Seriously I think it mostly involves representing the SRU at games and events.  Shaking lots of hands, when we eventually get back to that, but in the meantime bumping plenty of elbows!

ND: One last question, are you missing being President at Dundee and how are the guys doing who took over?

GT: “Well I am still involved with the new hospitality group and in a new initiative establishing a charitable arm of the Club along with two other ex-presidents, Sandy Macdonald and Ken Andrew. This will be a great initiative for Dundee and I am delighted to still be involved.   The new regime under the leadership of Derek Black (Pres) and Billy Gartley (VP) are exactly what the Club needs now along with some new younger blood and will do well going into this new chapter of Rugby in Dundee.

Rugby is changing in Dundee and I will be a part of that for as long as I can contribute to its development. I was delighted to be involved in bringing Alan Brown back to Dundee.

 

There is a great team involved including yourself as Rugby Convenor and Colin Sangster as DOR.  I really believe Dundee can get back up to the Premiership and look forward very much to seeing that.”